Bek Bully: Is Olympic silver medalist Bektemir Melikuziev the new Body Snatcher?
As someone who fought as an amateur and sparred frequently with pros, I couldn't be more emphatic in saying good body shots hurt like a mofo. Punches to the liver solar plexus, ribs and obliques aren't as pretty as head shots but often hurt more.
Let's cycle back to the 1980s and early 1990s when boxing legend Mike McCallum was wreaking havoc in the sport.
A slick, hard-hitting technician in the ring, McCallum was known for his exceptional body punching prowess and earned the nickname of "The Body Snatcher."
McCallum, who was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2003, feasted on foes' body like no other elite fighter in the sport.
It was beautiful watching him rip the body with hooks, straight rights and lefts, and uppercuts, fight after fight.
The Body Snatcher was a master at finding the correct angles and getting the appropriate leverage to consistently hurt opponents with body shots in the trenches.
He held world championships in three weight classes, including the WBA super welterweight title from 1984 to 1988, the WBA middleweight title from 1989 to 1991, and the WBC light heavyweight title from 1994 to 1995.
Is there a new 'Body Snatcher' on the horizon, today?
Enter Bektemir Melikuziev aka Bek Bully (4-0, 3 KO).
Hailing from Uzbekistan, this 23 year old super middleweight southpaw looks very much like a 'Body Snatcher' himself in recent footage.
Record: 4 -0 -0
KO Pct: 75%
Height: 177cm/5 feet 9"
Debut: November 10, 2018
Born April 08, 1996
Residence: Kokand Uzbekistan
Location: Shoimbek, Uzbekistan
A 2016 Olympic Games silver medalist in the middleweight division, Bektemir Melikuziev is ranked No. 47 of 1,315 super middleweights by BoxRec and is decisively defeating far more experienced pros.
Keep an eye on this fella. He looks dangerous.
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